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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                April If you qiMttlon or a wrtto NASCAR This ryo The Gaston Box NC 28053 Goodys Cool Sunday 7 fFINW MNNNI 2 Saturday The Car of Tomorrow Is Time will tell whether It makes the racing better What It was designed was to make the races easier to offici The shape of the various cars is almost NASCAR wont feel pressure to tinker with the various theres a silver lining with the maybe its the fact that the Cup cars are less similar to the Busch Series at least when the COT is In Per haps it will make it less benefi cial for Cup drivers to moonlight In Busch Martinsville Is a great venue for The Craftsman Truck Series was designed to be pri marily a shorttrack but now most of the races are on tracks of a mile or The trucks still fit the Martinsvilles Toyota had Its best which still Isnt saying Five made the field at Signifi Michael Waltrip and pressure is rising amid suggestions that Waltrips team isnt capable of supporting three Nextel Cup If ever there were a slumbering its So the new manufacturers wounds have been mostly The changed dimensions of the Car of Tomorrow are giving pit crews The careful ly plotted pit methods honed by hundreds of practice have to be conducted a bit and when the COT is much more difficult and timeconsuming to The drivers who combined to win the previous eight Bristol races all qualified outside the top 30 before this Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart pretty much feel the same way about the Notice the differ ence in Gordon Its a little bit Stewart said I still think its Theyre all but at least everybodys car looks Like it or the Bristol race was Stock cars proba bly havent ever faced such a drastic transformation in terms of at least not in so short a period of hot Kyle whose victory was long over Mark for stay Ing clear of the COT WHOA not Tony Stew art Is fast every but he hasnt climbed any Dale Jarretts team fell out of the top 35 In owner points at precisely the wrong STEWART NtxmCur Jeff Gordon Jeff Burton Jfmmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Mark Martin Clint Bowyer Denny Hamlin Carl Edwards 791 3 75 144 152 16 170 185 193 Carl Edwards Kevin Harvick 197 Kyle Busch 248 DavcBlaney 291 Matt Konseth 322 Juan 350 Marcos 363 GregBiffle 370 Mike Wallace 382 Bobby Hamilton 405 CRAFTSMAN TRUCK femes Mike Skinner 550 Todd Bodine 69 Ron Homaday 99 Jack Sprague 101 Ted Musgrave 110 113 Rick Crawford 113 Johnny Benson 141 Travis Kvapil 142 Dennis Setter 192 rooUe Race Goodys Cool Orange 500 When Martinsville Speedway 500 When April 1 Uwt winner Kurt Busch QuftHfytnf record Tony Stew Race record Jeff LMt Kyle Busch won the Food City a race which will be otherwise remembered as the place where NASCAR first raced the Car of Prior to the first of two annual Bristol Motor Speedway Busch had led three of the sea sons first four and all he had was a couple of ninthplace finishes to show for In the Busch the racing equiva lent of a second his pen chant for doing everything but win had been even more dramat In order to burst into victory lane for the fourth time in his ca every bit of 21 years had to overcome the disadvantage of other cars that were He had to surmount a profound dislike for the the new design whose name be came inaccurate when tomor row finally arrived to become And he had to weather a overtime finish in which his Chevy crossed the fin ish line of a second ahead of another driven by Jeff Pepsi 300 Where Nashville Super 225 When April 7 LMt yews winner Kevin Harvick QmMfylnc record Mar tin Truex April 2004 Race record Jack June LMt week Points leader Carl Edwards won for the first captur ing the Sharpie Mini 300 at Kroger 250 When Martinsville Speedway 250 When March 31 LMt yewa winner David Starr Qualifying record Rick Race record Jimmy April Laet race Mike Skin in a won his second straight At lantas American Commer cial Lines on March SCOTT RIGGS NEXTEL CUP SERIES 10 TOOLS DODGE Hes Old School Riggs leery of but if he won in that would be OK By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week Scott whose background evokes an earlier time in remains hopeful de spite a slow start to his fourth season in the Nextel Cup is from Bahama pro nounced near He cut his teeth racing at Southern National Speedway in where he won 60 features and a pair of track He then moved up to the Hooters Pro Cup and NASCAR All Pro series in the late Riggs then successfully com peted in the Craftsman Truck and Busch winning races in In Riggs switched Though his 10 Dodge is officially owned by Valvolines Jim it is a part of Evernham where Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler are Riggs Last year he fin ished a careerbest 20th in the Cup points Riggs has worked tirelessly to ad vance his taking advantage of precious few shortcuts along the Hes won three Cup poles but has nev er finished better than second in a After posting the top speed in a Bristol Motor Speedway practice ses Riggs was asked if he was tar geting a victory in the first Car of To morrow It would be big to win the first race in the said It would be big to win the first race in the It would be big for me to win my first In it would be big for Riggs to win Hes come close John This Week Scott a native of won three Nextel Cup poles but has never finished better than second In a enough to be frustrated by the elu siveness of We try to win every single week said Weve just got to make sure we have a solid Weve run well in the We just havent been able to seal the deal and have a solid finish this Thats all we As for the Riggs is It would help to have a faster car where we could get back in the gas be fore they the COTs do in the he Well see about the bump and run method of If you have damage to the rear youre going to have to come in and fix Itll probably take 2030 laps to fix but thats what youve got to Contact Monte Dutton at hmduttonSO@aol.com FEUD OF THE WEEK Kenseth Jarrott Malt KwtMth Jarratt After contact between the two sent Jarrett into a nasty date with the turnone wall at the 1999 Winston Cup champion launched a full verbal assault at the 2003 Everybody has this great vision that Matt Kenseth is this nice guy on the race said He is a nice guy away from the but hes a rough driver on the race track when he doesnt have to NASCAR Weeks Monte Dutton gives hit take Kenseth is now one of the just as Jarrett once Kenseth is a champi onship and Jarrett is try ing frantically to get his Toyota up to When roles so do at titudes and book looks back at tegwidary racing vanuos Longtime fans of NASCAR history will love Speedways of the Car plinas The Grand National Histories of 29 Former McFarland It may be ordered at or by calling 800 TCIRfM LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Wturtsvsf happonod to tho stock In stock cars The S in NASCAR stands for What part of stock do you not understand The Fords and Dodges are They mag ically transform from fourdoor to The only twodoor stock car comes out of the door of GMs Chevrolet not out of a garage in North or South The Car of Tomorrow is a joke that looks unlike any car The NASCAR charter stated an Ameri twodoor stock car pro duced in a volume of at least 50 cars to be legal to Looks like that narrows the field to with Dodge or Toyota tail lights and Just change the name to the national association of not stockcar or BIN Hall We but the day of genuine stock cars long over and Isnt coming The Chevrolet you mention has very little in common with anything coming out of a Chevro let Doors The cars raced In NASCAR dont have any doors at As Burton reminds COT based on safety first By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week Jeff Bur ton said it was important to consider that the COT had been devised with a priority on safe The quality of racing may determine the publics percep but it was safety concerns that led to the whole develop ment Without people being wed be thinking we were doing good and thats one of the things we have to guard against in the said Its real easy to look around and say Look how good we look how great we Its real easy to convince your self that youve done That all changed with Dale Earnhardts death in We werent good said We werent doing enough to move the Its not acceptable that we have to be constantly trying to move the bar when we werent doing and when I say I dont mean just I mean all of It takes the it takes NUTS AND BOLTS the it takes the manu it takes Remember when This race marked Bristols 50th consecu tive dating back to Au gust As a track release the streak began when Jeff now was Darrell Waltrip won the first the Busch and earned for first Matt Kenseths take was in August The pole winner for the first sell the late Tim av eraged Now the set by Ryan Newman in is At the time of that first sellout Late Night With David Let terman debuted on Its of is now The Late Show With David Letterman on Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson had just been induct ed into the National Baseball Hall of Sally Ride had been selected as the first female Cal Ripkens consecutive games streak had just Michael Jackson released which would sell 104 million Georgias Herschel Walker was on the way to winning the Heisman and it was Paul Bear Bryants final year as head coach at His 1 fan Its been slightly over six years since re tired Buddy Baker took on Ryan Newman as a personal Since Newman has won 12 Cup races and a whopping 38 was no slouch him finishing his career with 19 victories and 40 Hes as close to a third son as Ive ever said I dont have a record that I wouldnt like to see him Work io progress Denny Hamlin said its important to remember that the COT will continue to evolve during the phasein Theyre going to change the current car around in probably in the next three he Once we run them in race conditions and we see what can be improved I think its going to be an evolv ing car thats just going to keep Not his first rodeo Robbie Matt Kenseths crew played down the new in spection procedures applied to the The process went according to most but it was more lengthy than in the You put your car up on jack they check the they check you go through the they put all the templates on and other than a few new templates and the tolerances being it re ally aint that he Its still a stock Its still Same car either way The Chevrolet version of the Car of Tomorrow would look exactly the same whether it had been branded Impala or The same is true of the Dodge If Dodge hadnt de cided to call it an it would be a and the only difference would be the decals on the the fact is that the COT is called an not a Monte The next Impala victory will be the first for that model since Wendell Scotts only vic the race run in Jack on The Impala began its rein vention just one shy of the total victories of the which won 61 races during the 1989 94 In NASCAR Monte Carlos have won 415 Lumina Impala BelAir or Biscayne Chev elle 7 and Camaro The all time Chevy total was 599 enter ing   

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